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The Third Man: The Screenplay by Graham Greene (1988-08-03)

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  • By Acute Observer on April 1, 2017

    The Third ManRollo Martins came to Vienna in February. The ground was frozen, grave diggers used electric drills to open a grave for Harry Lime. Rollo shed tears; he was invited by Harry Lime with a job offer. But Lime was run over by a car. Calloway invited Martins to a small bar for drinks, then told Martins that Lime was a racketeer about to be arrested. Martins says he will disprove Calloway’s claim. “Buck Dexter” was the pen name Martins used for his popular westerns. Mr. Crabbin offers Dexter a room and meals for a week. Martins got a telephone call from Mr. Kurtz, a friend of Harry Lime. Kurtz was with Harry when a jeep struck him just outside his flat. Was this odd? Rollo went to the Josefstadt Theater to meet Anna Schmidt, they talked about Harry. The people there were Harry’s friends.Rollo visited Harry’s doctor at his home. Then he talked to Koch the neighbor of Harry, who saw a third man at the scene. Rollo visits Harry’s apartment, which was cleaned out by Kurtz. Later Crabbin called to arrange a lecture by Martins. Martins visited Cooler, Harry’s American friend, and told him about Koch’s statement. Then he went to see Anna, alone in her room and told her about Koch. They go to see Koch and learn he was murdered! Back at the hotel a driver gave Martins a ride to Crabbin’s lecture. Martins doesn’t do well. Then he sees the military police looking for him. Calloway tells Martins about Harry’s racket with penicillin. It was watered down to increase profits, but was less effective. Calloway put an agent in the British Military Hospital to learn more; this led to Kurtz. They had a written note from Harry. Martins went drinking, then walked to Anna’s place to tell what her what he learned.After he leaves he sees a man following him. It’s Harry Lime! Martins tells this to Calloway. Then he learns that Anna was arrested and taken away. But as she is in the British Zone Calloway takes charge. Martins goes to see Kurtz and says he wants to see Harry. Harry arrives and t hey talk in a car on the Wheel. Afterwards Martins visits Anna to tell her the news. Then Martins visits Calloway, who has a plan to trap Lime in the British Zone. Martins will call Lime and ask for help and arrange a meeting. But Lime sees Martins on the telephone and flees into the sewer system. The police follow him. They find Lime who shoots and kills a man. Martins follows to find a badly wounded Lime. It is over. There was a second burial with fewer mourners.This book was the basis for the famous movie. Parts were changed, as with other novels adapted to a movie. What was written here was sometimes omitted. Other scenes were expanded for the movie. The 1948 movie “He Walked By Night” involved a criminal who traveled through the storm sewers of Los Angeles, some scenes were copied for the movie. The movie omits the use of penicillin to treat VD. Diluted penicillin creates bacteria that becomes resistant; that is why they used multiple drugs to treat deadly diseases like TB. This book, like the movie, is fast moving. Rollo Martins arrived using his pen name “Buck Dexter”; he would be hard to trace if he suddenly disappeared. Frederick Faust was a very prolific writer of fiction. He used the pen name “Max Brand” for most of his Western novels. One of his pen names was “Martin Dexter”. So “Rollo Martin” and “Buck Dexter” may symbolize this author, who died as a war correspondent.

  • By Kamiyahagi on March 16, 2017

    This edition was only 98 pages in length and written initially only as a film script, but it was an action packed gripping dark yarn that will hold you in trance well and truly after you have finished reading it. It’s dark, grim and disturbing with ‘sharp crisp dialogue’ and ‘fast paced action’ (1) that will leave you breathless and emotionally spent by the time it's finished. This reader still ponders some of the outcomes of the story even now (some weeks later).(Spoiler Alert:) We find that at the beginning, Rollo Martins visited an old friend in wore torn Vienna in about 1950 only to discover that his friend, Harry Lime had died in a vehicle accident. We then found out, as the story moves forward, that Harry Lime’s death was suspicious and Martins was none too impressed. Without giving away too much of the story, there seemed to be a wall of secrecy that involved most of the people who knew Lime. These people included: Anna Schimdt, Kurtz, Colonel Cooler, Harbin and even Koch (who shows Lime’s flat to Martins.(Spoiler Alert cont. :) Written from the point of view of English policeman Callaghan, it showed that the quick to anger, womaniser Martins was somewhat amateurish in his sleuthing and consequently cause major problems when he when to investigated Lime's death. It brought the story to an all mighty climax in the underground sewers of Vienna. Very pyhrric and it was vintage Greene, at the top of his form that would rival the very best amongst the business of thrillers and espionage writers such as John le Carre, Deighton and Seymour. Also, it would be probably best to NOT read the introduction by Ian Thomson before reading the story. You will find that even more spoilers are in it, than in this review.This grisly story easily gets 5 dark, suspicious stars!(1) Page vi, Introduction, Ian Thomson.

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